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Support Schemes for Renewable Energy in the UK

If you are planning on an early retirement and frugal living, then you need to look at domestic renewable energy schemes. The cost of oil and gas is likely to continue to rise, which poses a huge financial risk to pensioners. Renewable energy could be the long term answer.

Renewable energy is collected through natural sources such as sunlight, wind and water. Find out about the support schemes for renewables in the UK.

The earth’s natural sources such as sun, wind, tides, waves and geothermal heat can all be used to generate renewable energy. These sources are sustainable and naturally replenished, which means the environment can be saved from harmful carbon emissions.

There a number of renewable energy systems in place for creating and using renewable energy in the UK. These schemes help to encourage technological development and producing energy with much lower costs.

The Renewable Obligation (RO) encourages renewable electricity generation for large scale installations. It requires suppliers to source the majority of their electricity from renewable sources.

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is designed to support small scale renewable installations up to 5MW. Through FiTs, generators are paid a tariff for every unit of electricity they produce. Any electricity not used on site can be sold back into the Grid, and generators are paid extra to do this.

New schemes are constantly being developed to support renewables and other low carbon technologies through Electricity Market Reform. A new scheme in the pipeline called Feed in Tariff with a Contract for Difference (CfD) hopes to use this method.

offshore wind power by countryThe UK is well placed to take advantage of wind power as it has some of the best conditions in Europe and high average wind speeds. Onshore and offshore wind farms are an important part of where the UK sources its energy. Treehugger reported in 2013 that the UK generated more off-shore wind power than all other countries combined.

Renewable energy is healthy, safe and most of all a cost-effective feature to have installed in the home, too. To help out the environment, consider having a renewable energy heating system installed which can save you money on your fuel bills. Other options include solar panels and heat pumps.

The possibilities are endless!

Groupage

How Does Groupage Transport Work?

Low-cost road freight services

Freight groupage services can be an effective way of transporting goods to and from Europe, saving businesses both time and money.

For companies transporting goods to Europe, delivery and transportation costs can be somewhat of a headache, and often form a significant proportion of a business’ outgoings. Dealing with high transport costs can make you less competitive, eating into profits and, in many cases, resulting in higher prices for the end customer.

With this in mind, it’s unsurprising to see that many companies are turning to European groupage transport to help them deliver goods more cheaply and efficiently.

So, what is groupage transport and how does it work?

Consolidating shipments

Simply speaking, groupage transport involves consolidating multiple compatible shipments from a number of companies into one single delivery load.

When delivering goods, freight and haulage companies often have room to spare in the lorry. However, due to the costs they have to cover, these companies would much prefer to fill the vehicle to capacity as it enables them to maximise their profits.

In this situation, groupage transport provides the perfect solution, enabling delivery companies to reduce their carbon emissions, minimise vehicle wear and tear, and save on fuel. These savings are then passed on to you as the customer, reducing delivery costs by up to 60%.

Business benefits

While it offers advantages to many different types of businesses, groupage transport is perhaps most beneficial to companies who deliver small, frequent loads that seldom fill a whole van or lorry.

However, it is not for everyone, and there are certain things you will need to take into consideration to make sure it works for you. For example, in order to benefit from a greater choice of suppliers and more competitive pricing, it helps to be fairly flexible in your delivery requirements. Groupage deliveries can also take longer to arrive at their destination than standard freight, so this is something to bear in mind if you are transporting specialist goods that need to arrive within a specified time frame.

Generally speaking though, groupage can offer a great alternative to standard freight and delivery options, helping you to minimise your environmental impact, and providing an effective, economic method of delivery that lowers costs and offers significant savings for your company.